8+ Months: Broccoli with Avocado Dip

Maximize your cooking time by steaming extra broccoli florets. Store them in the fridge for up to three days and serve later with more avocado dip, or toss in a salad Ingredients: Makes about 1/2 cup avocado dip 1/2 cup broccoli florets 1/2 avocado 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt 2 tablespoons maynonnaise 1 teaspoon limeContinue reading “8+ Months: Broccoli with Avocado Dip”

8-12 Months: Pumpkin-Banana Mash

What a treat! Buttery-soft banana is mixed with smooth and creamy pumpkin purée and spiked with cinnamon. Be sure to use a ripe banana for the sweetest flavor. Ingredients: Makes about 1/2 cup 1 teaspoon unsalted butter 1 medium banana sliced 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon Melt the butter in a mediumContinue reading “8-12 Months: Pumpkin-Banana Mash”

8-12 Months: Greek Fish and Tomatoes

Ingredients: Makes about 1 cup Olive oil 6 oz. red snapper fillet or other white fish, bones removed 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, quartered 2 tablespoons pitted kalamata olives, halved, or 2 teaspoons capers 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano Preheat the oven to 400°F. Rub a small baking pan with olive oil. Place the snapper on theContinue reading “8-12 Months: Greek Fish and Tomatoes”

8-12 Months: Beets in Yogurt with Dill

Ingredients : Makes about 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 cups chopped, cooked beats (about 10 oz.) 2 tablespoons plan, whole-milk greek yogurt 1/8 teaspoon chopped dill Purée the beets in a blender until smooth. To serve, stir together 2 tablespoons beet purée with the 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt. Sprinkle with the dill.

8-12 Months: Mighty Green Beans

Quinoa and almond butter add a punch of protein to this appealing dish. Ingredients: Makes 2 cups 1 lb green beans, trimmed 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa 2 tablespoons almond butter 4 mint leaves, chopped Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the greenContinue reading “8-12 Months: Mighty Green Beans”

8-12 Months: Curried Cauliflower and Chickpeas

Cauliflower, chickpeas, and curry are a classic Indian flavor combination. Ingredients: Makes about 3 cups 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth or water) 1/2 cup water 4 cups cauliflower florets (about half a head) 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder Steps In a medium saucepan, bring theContinue reading “8-12 Months: Curried Cauliflower and Chickpeas”

8-12 Months: Rosemary Roasted Pears

Give your baby a head start on sophisticated flavors with this delicious twist on basic applesauce. Ingredients: Makes about 2 cups 4 ripe (but not squishy) bartlett pears (about 2 lbs) 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons almond butter Look for creamy unsweetened and unsalted almond butter Steps PreheatContinue reading “8-12 Months: Rosemary Roasted Pears”

Baby Food: Gingered Carrots and Cauliflower Blend

Ingredients: Makes 2 1/4 cups 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick coins 2 cups cauliflower florets 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger or sub in 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin for a smokier flavor Steps In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a simmer. Place a steamer basket over the water. Add theContinue reading “Baby Food: Gingered Carrots and Cauliflower Blend”

Baby Food: Butternut Squash and Kale Blend

This blend gives your baby two nutritional powerhouses in one spoonful. There are many types of kale available these days. For the quickest cooking time and most tender result, look for Tuscan kale, also called lacinato or dinosaur kale. Ingredients: Makes 2 1/4 cups 2 1/2 cups chopped kale, thick stems removed Tip: To prepareContinue reading “Baby Food: Butternut Squash and Kale Blend”

Baby Food: Broccoli-Apple Swirl Blend

Steps: Makes about 2 cups Steam 4 cups broccoli florets until tender, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly and transfer to a blender with 1/4 cup water. Blend until desired consistency, adding a bit of water if needed to help it blend. Stir into 3/4 cup Apple Purée (recipe below) Apple Purée: Makes 2 cups IngredientsContinue reading “Baby Food: Broccoli-Apple Swirl Blend”